David E. McCraw

David E. McCraw

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David McCraw is one of America’s leading First Amendment lawyers, or, as a veteran New York Times reporter once put it, “the lawyer every journalist dreams of having.” David has spent the last 17 years at The New York Times, where he serves as the newspaper’s top newsroom lawyer. He has been the lawyer behind virtually every major investigative and political story The Times has done during that period, from its Pulitzer Prize-winning stories on the dangerous working conditions at a Texas foundry, the lethal aftermath of Hurricane Katrina at a New Orleans hospital, and the secret fortunes of China’s political elites to the paper’s groundbreaking coverage of the war in Syria, Donald Trump’s leaked tax returns, and the government’s top-secret surveillance of American citizens. During the years that The New York Times Company owned the Boston Globe, he served as the lawyer to the Globe’s investigative reporting team, which was later made famous by the Academy Award-winning movie “Spotlight.” In October of 2016, a letter David wrote to Donald Trump’s lawyer defending the paper’s right to publish a story about two women who claimed to have been groped by Mr. Trump became one of the lasting artifacts of the presidential campaign. The letter was viewed and shared by millions of readers as it went viral in the heat of the 2016 race for president. David holds degrees from the University of Illinois, Cornell University, and Albany Law School. He was previously a professor of journalism at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. He has been an adjunct faculty member at Harvard Law School and the NYU School of Law. David was born and raised in Monticello, Illinois.
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